Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Evangelism: Just Do It!

I was talking to a friend the other day about evangelism. He said we all needed to adopt the Nike approach to evangelism. Having not heard of that type of evangelism before, I asked what he meant. With a chuckle, he said "Just do it." 

That was the slogan that Nike shoes used 30 years ago to promote the concept that everyone should wear their shoes and start exercising, not just high end athletes. The marketing scheme worked and three decades later Nike remains one of the most common shoes worn by people of all levels of physical activity.

When we think of evangelism, far too many Christians think it is an activity reserved for paid clergy, or deacons, or perhaps some highly trained volunteer who lives in a spiritual bubble above the fray of regular life. But that is the exact opposite of what real evangelism is. Real evangelism is just a Christian sharing how his or her faith has impacted their daily lives. Every Christian should be involved in evangelism, no matter their position in the church.

Here are seven easy ways for every day Christians to share their faith. Why not try one a day for the next week and see what happens?

1. Share your salvation testimony in five to seven minutes with a friend.

2. Share one example with a friend of how Christ did something in your life in the last 30 days.

3. Share one meaningful Bible verse with a friend.

4. Share one quote from a sermon or Christian song that you recently heard that impacted you.

5. Share a gospel pamphlet or flyer with a server at a restaurant or enclose it in an encouragement card to a friend.

6.  Share something about Christ on social media.

7. Share a link to a great sermon by your favorite Bible teacher with a friend in a private message.

Notice each of these begins with the word "share." The essence of witnessing is sharing the gospel with someone else in some way. If you don't like these list, make up your own list, but just do it!


Dr. Terry W. Dorsett has been a pastor, church planter, denominational leader and author in New England for more than 20 years. He is a happy husband, a proud father and adoring grandfather. He is a cancer survivor and believes that God works powerfully through times of suffering. He writes extensively and you can find all of his books at:

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